Currently at the Steven Zevitas Gallery is the exhibition “Not About Paint”. This show is curated by Evan J. Garza and features the artists: Sarah Braman, Alex Da Corte, Alex Hubbard, James Hyde, Cordy Ryman, and Jessica Stockholder.

The work recalls the quali- ties—and possibilities—of the painted medium as revealed through forms of sculpture, assemblage, installation, and video. Using an array of commonplace materials, from plastic, wood, and nylon webbing to soda and aluminum foil, each of the artists featured in Not About Paint are at the forefront of a group of contemporary practitioners breaching the spatial and material limitations that conventionally define painting.

~~ JJ

"Haste Makes Waste" and Other Views of the MFA

A few posts ago, I addressed, with the help of the College Art Association, the question, “What is the MFA”. Today, I have a new question, and this question isn’t any easier to answer. In fact, it may make your head spin a little. I’ll stop with the suspense, ready? Here is goes…

Is an MFA required to be a successful artist?

I think this question particular challenging because I don’t think there is a single answer. I find it difficult to say “Yes, an MFA is required”, yet equally difficult to say “No, an MFA is not required”. I think history has demonstrated that there have been successful artists who have had an MFA and successful artists who haven’t. While, I do not have an answer, I know there are a few people who do. Here are some interesting articles that try to answer this question:

In the article, Tomorrow’s Art Stars Today: New American Painting Presents the MFA Annual, Steven Zevitas from the Huffington Post asks the question: “Are artists born of made?”

Critic, curator and Dean of the Yale School of Art, Robert Storr uses John Baldessari and Bruce Nauman to support his argument that great art is produced not right out of school, but later in an artist’s career in the article, Haste Makes Waste.

Last but not least, a simple google search will turn up the article, How to be an Artist, from Number six on their list? Go to graduate school.

“According to Steven Zevitas, who developed the idea and curated the show, ‘The influence of Guston’s late work on artists who have followed him is more than purely visual. It is as if the anxiety he felt about the human condition has somehow been spliced into the DNA of younger generations. This phenomenon has always interested me, and with … Guston’s 100th birthday having recently passed, I decided it was time to write him a love letter.’“ (Robert Moeller @ Hyperallergic)